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My friend was an ‘olodo’ when we were in the University. People always wondered how she even passed Jamb and WAEC, she found it really hard to comprehend things being taught and she started piling up carry over from her first semester. Classmates used to laugh at her so much that at a point she embraced it and started making fun of herself too. In our third year, a few of us came together to start helping her so she can at least graduate without an extra year. To appreciate us, she will cook and bake for us, and we used to tell her that she should be using the time to read instead of cooking and baking.
After all the efforts, she managed to graduate with a very low third class, almost a Pass. Many of us still maintained contact with her after that because she is such a sweet person, unassuming, and nice to a fault.
Anyway, after we graduated, she sent a message to our group that she had started making food for business. We all encouraged her and some people ordered some food from her, she told everyone she knew and started promoting herself on social media, that was how she started small.
Today, nine years later, this woman is a big time food vendor; she has her own thriving catering and baking business, and has trained so many young women in the business.
I went to her new office last week and I saw that she framed her University certificate on the wall, she saw me looking at it and she just started laughing. We both know the story behind that certificate.